Fashion model on edge of boat, man rowing, Montego Bay, Jamaica. Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1946 November
Photograph of several Tuskegee airmen at Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945 Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1945 March – Summary: Photograph shows several Tuskegee airmen. Front row, left to right: unidentified airman; Jimmie D. Wheeler (with goggles); Emile G. Clifton (cloth cap) San Francisco, CA, Class 44-B. Standing left to right: Ronald W. Reeves (cloth cap) Washington, DC, Class 44-G; Hiram Mann (leather cap); Joseph L. “Joe” Chineworth (wheel cap) Memphis, TN, Class 44-E; Elwood T. Driver? Los Angeles, CA, Class 44-A; Edward “Ed” Thomas (partial view); Woodrow W. Crockett (wheel cap); at Ramitelli, Italy, March 1945.
Nuns clamming on Long Island Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1957 Sept
John F. Kennedy, wearing sunglasses Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1957 September
Frida Kahlo (Senora Diego Rivera) standing next to an agave plant, during a photo shoot for Vogue magazine, “Senoras of Mexico” Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1937
Abandoned boy holding a stuffed toy animal amid ruins following German aerial bombing of London. Creator(s): Frissell, Toni, 1945
I do not think that Toni Frissell (actually Antoinette Frissell Bacon) got and gets the attention she deserves.1)Not even the collection she gave to the Library of Congress has been digitized completely yet. Almost all of the photos of her I have seen are worth being looked at a bit longer. They are casual and thoroughly composed at the same time, seem easy and snapshot-like sometimes and yet have some extra layers that add to their impact. They breathe a special tenderness and empathy that is hard to achieve when you try to force it.